Monday, April 14, 2008

The End of Human Life as We Know It, Part Three


...ok, the final piece of evidence (well, for a while)... meet "SWORDS," the fully-autonomous, all-terrain, artificially intelligent kick-ass robot solider. Oh - did I mention it's packing heat? And, uh, did I also mention it started to, quote, "move [it's gun] where it was not intended to move?"

DARPA, the defense agency responsible for building and deploying this little gem in Iraq, decided - wisely - to pull the plug on the project. Hopefully, that's it for a while - according to the Army's Program Executive Officer for Ground Forces, Kevin Fahey, "Once you've done something that's really bad, it can take 10 or 20 years to try it again."

How old was John Conner in 2008 in the movies? Doesn't 10-20 years make it just about right? Sigh.

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